A few months ago, I entered a contest sponsored by a social media company from Atlanta named “Design Sherpa.” It sounded like fun: Submit a picture and write 100 words about “What Inspires You.” Although the challenge was directed primarily to interior designers and other home-related professionals, I checked the box “Other” (as an artist) and wrote about the beach glass I find here on the shore and how the patterns and worn soft patina influence my paintings. Here’s what I wrote.
A little bit later, I was notified that my little entry had made it to the Top 100. And the next challenge was to write a 350 word essay again on Inspiration. I love to write so I had to jump in. And the fact the the Grand Prize was a 10-day trip to Paris plus $10,000 was also a wee bit motivating.
The old stone fireplace in our home was my muse. Here’s that essay.
Recently, I got the news that I was in the Top Ten. Yikes! The next challenge was to do a 3-minute video about Design Inspiration. It’s one thing to sit at a laptop and compose a paragraph or two sitting in your pajamas. Quite another to have to walk and talk on a video. Eek! I ran for the makeup bag and got rid of my paint-splattered Converses! Grab your popcorn and settle in. (P.S. My patient son shot the whole thing on his iPhone!)